Let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: I absolutely loved Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. As a huge fan of his first stop-motion movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, I wasn’t sure he could top such a special film — but I’m pleased to report he did. And while I loved everything about Isle of Dogs, I have to give a special shout out to the production design and level of detail in every shot. It’s like Anderson took what he did in Fantastic Mr. Fox and amplified it by ten. Trust me, Isle of Dogs is one of the best stop-motion films I’ve ever seen, and strongly recommend checking it out this weekend as it’s expanding into more theaters around North America. To see where it’s playing in your area click the link.
To help promote the expansion, Fox Searchlight provided us with a cool video that recaps the London pop up exhibit for the film. For two weeks at the end of March and the beginning of April, The Store X at 180 The Strand in London hosted a free exhibition showing 17 sets from the film. During its run, 51,792 guests stopped by and they often had up to 400 people queuing around the block at any time. In addition, over 4500 bowls of ramen were sold at the life size replica of the noodle bar from the film, all under the helm of leading Japanese chef, Akira Shimizu. On the final day of the exhibit, Wes Anderson even stopped by with his family and the fans in attendance were very happy. They also gave away 300 IOD records, 750 T-Shirts and 600 screenplays.
Check out the video below and an exclusive photo of Wes Anderson when he stopped by to see the exhibit.